Ben Mendelsohn

Film Review: Ready Player One (USA, 2018) is bursting at the seams with escapist nostalgic fantasy

March 26, 2018

So some full disclosure here, I have not read the book upon which Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline is adapted from. So henceforth this review is based solely on my viewing of the film and my experience with pop culture in general. There seems to be a fairly general consensus that a lot of critics have enjoyed the film. I’d definitely class myself in that category but at the same time I also do have some issues with it.... Continue Reading

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Gary Oldman is unrecognisable as Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour trailer

July 14, 2017

Winston Churchill has been a popular character of late, with his ferocity represented by John Lithgow in his critically acclaimed performance in The Crown, to Brian Cox‘s interpretation in Churchill.... Continue Reading

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Una (UK/USA, 2016) is a gripping abuse drama that thrives through unhesitating commitment

June 17, 2017

It would have been too easy for a film like Una to result in something unreservedly perfunctory. The fable of the abuse victim confronting her perpetrator has been depicted more than one would wish to count, and the argument can be made that a fair share wishes to portray the subject matter no more than on face value. But whereas for Una, the subject matter goes dramatically deeper in a fashion that is so confronting and so quietly intense, it is difficult to not be magnetised by the results. Headlined by a pair of performers unwaveringly basking in the taboo nature of the source material, Una expertly explores what it means to have power, the stature of sexuality and the unreachability of peace. It is a spellbinding exhibit of the effects of unjustified interaction and an unflinchingly taut piece of filmmaking that deserves to be seen.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (M, USA, 2016) is action packed and ruthless

December 15, 2016

The Star Wars saga is set to continue, this time with the first stand alone film in its ‘Anthology’ series. Singular films that will showcase interconnected stories or characters that basically provide an extended universe to our main trilogies. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is first out of the gates and has a lot to live up to as the film that is the lead up to 1977’s A New Hope.... Continue Reading

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